Women's Basketball Rolls Past Portland State, 68-52

Dec. 3, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior post Hollye Chapman's 18 points helped lead Oregon State past Portland State University by a score of 68-52 in Wednesday's women's basketball action.

The Beavers (4-2) jumped in front from the start, taking an early 8-0 lead as Portland State (1-4) missed its first five shots from the field and failed to get on the scoreboard until a free throw at the 14:03 mark.

'We did a good job defensively from the beginning of the game,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.

The Vikings fought their way back into the game, narrowing OSU's lead to 15-13 with 7:55 remaining, but Oregon State used an 18-2 run to close out the half and take a 33-15 advantage into the locker room.

OSU buried 58-percent (14-of-24) of its field goals in the opening 20 minutes compared to PSU's meager 24-percent (5-of-21) shooting from the field.Chapman had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting before the break.

Oregon State continued to pull away in the second half, extending its lead to as many as 20 points (66-46) behind a jumper from freshman Kerstin Mellbye with 2:36 remaining.

Walk-on Melanie Casey's field goal with 26 ticks left gave the Beavers their final margin of victory at 68-52.

Chapman buried 7-of-9 field goals in the contest, including 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range. Sophomore Jessica Jones finished with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and dished out six assists, while Brina Chaney added 10 points and six rebounds.

Ebony Young finished with a career-best nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and Leilani Estavan contributed six assists, six rebounds and four steals.Sarah Hedgepeth had 17 points to lead the Viking scorers.

Oregon State shot a season-high 51-percent (29-of-57) for the game, while Portland State finished the contest with a 29-percent (15-of-52) clip from the field.

The Vikings buried 21-of-23 free throws on the night, while the Beavers were 2-for-3 from the line.

OSU returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers host Southwest Missouri State on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Gill Coliseum.

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